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Tifft Nature Preserve

Buffalo, Erie County

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Tifft Nature Preserve is an urban preserve dedicated to the protection of natural resources, scientific research, environmental education and public enjoyment. This former brownfield provides valuable wildlife habitat and needed green space within the city of Buffalo. Major habitats include a 75-acre cattail marsh-the largest in Erie County-woodlands, grasslands, three ponds and a small stream. Tifft Nature Preserve is an important stopover for migrating birds and a nesting habitat for rare marsh birds. The preserve is operated by the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Visitors Center
  • Five miles of trails
  • Three boardwalks with viewing blinds

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing


264 acres

Closest Town

South Buffalo


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Contact Information

Telephone: 716-825-6397

Address: 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, New York 14203

Website: Tifft Nature Preserve (This link leaves the DEC website)

Photo credits: Tifft Nature Preserve